UK software developers need to be protected with stronger intellectual property rights which are enforced globally and backed by the government.
The CBI has urged the government to do more to protect the creative industries as part of its submission on IP that is being made to the Hargreaves Review, which is looking into how the intellectual property system can drive growth in the UK.
Professor Ian Hargreaves was given the position of starting an independent review on IP last November and he is expected to report back in April.
The CBI has sent a ten page submission to the review and set out its call for greater protection for those relying on IP creations for jobs and income.
"Strong enforcement of IP rights globally is essential to promote UK exports and growth," stated the CBI submission.
The CBI also wants more education around the importance of IP protection given through the Department of Education to get the message across "on the importance of IP to to the economy and the destructive impact of IP infringement on jobs and growth".